Video: Discussing Specialist vs. Primary Care Physician Compensation

Video: Discussing Specialist vs. Primary Care Physician Compensation

Welcome to Staff Care's Locum Tenens Video Series, where a panel of practicing physicians discusses issues facing today's healthcare workforce in general and locum tenens doctors in particular. Check out more videos in our Locums Video series here.

Should primary care physicians be compensated differently than specialists? The topic of physician compensation is often a sensitive one, yet it remains central to many conversations about today's healthcare industry, especially as it concerns working physicians.

It's also a topic of particular interest to locum tenens doctors. In this exclusive video, Staff Care's panel of locum physicians draws on many years of locum tenens experience to weigh in on the discrepancies between specialist and primary care physician pay.

"Experts in fields should be paid more," says one doctor. "But I do think in some areas there is a huge gap, and that maybe there shouldn't be such a great gap in the difference in pay."

Another panelist ventures the idea the differences between specialist and primary care physician compensation "may be based on the liability that's involved," noting that "if a radiologist, cardiologist, pulmonologist has to interpret a test, the liability based on that interpretation is significant.

Video: The Differences between Specialist & Primary Care Physician Compensation

Watch the video below for a candid conversation about physician pay for PCPs versus specialists, including frank assessments of how today's compensation patterns. The discussion includes:

  • Whether physician compensation accurately reflects a clinician's skill
  • Whether specialists deserve more pay because they have greater expertise
  • Whether specialists deserve more pay because their training is more developed and advanced
  • Whether the current differences in pay scales are reasonable, or too extreme
  • How liability concerns may be a factor in physician compensation

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